School of the Future – Blended Learning?

So I had the fortunate opportunity to be asked to attend the School of the Future Symposium that was sponsored by Acchieve3000 out in San Diego, California. The goal of the symposium was to bring together numerous school districts from across the country to discuss the merits, progress, and future of using blended learning to better…

Dinner with Sir Ken Robinson

So I secretively have this bucket list of keynote presenters that I really want to see.  Some of those on the list that I have already seen include Kevin Honeycutt, Tony Wagner, Leslie Fisher, Alice Keeler, George Couros, Michio Kaku and Rick Wormeli.  But there are others that I have not yet been able to…

Going One2One – 10 Weeks In!

We just passed our tenth week of going One2One with our 5th and 6th graders and two full elementary schools.  And I have to say, I could not be more excited about the great things that our staff is doing with our students and the technology.  The goals for this year (the first year of…

I earned my Superintendent License, so what does that mean??

So yesterday, I “graduated” from The Ohio State University from the Accelerated Superintendent Program.  I say that I “graduated” because I really did not earn a degree from OSU, but I took the course work to be able to apply through the Ohio Department of Education to be granted my Superintendent License.  The program actually…

My Evening with Tony Wagner and Most Likely to Succeed

Just recently I had the honor of meeting Tony Wagner, who is the author of “Most Likely to Succeed” and “Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People that will Change the World“. Through our Battelle For Kids SOAR partnership, I had the opportunity to be one of 65 people to get to spend 90 minutes…

Doing Professional Development Differently

Just say the words Professional Development around any teachers and most of the time you get a disgusted look and an explanation of wasted time.  I think everyone has seen a variation of this picture: So the question needs to be asked how can we do professional development differently? How can we make PD purposeful…

Going One2One Week 1

As we (Pickerington Schools) venture into the world of Going One2One, I plan on posting a weekly update to the items, activities and leadership pieces that we have created and taken part of during the week. If you haven’t read about our Going One2One program, I would encourage you to check out our website at:…

Need More Teaching Geeks!

I recently found this image/quote on Dr. Justin Tarte Twitter’s feed, which is a great follow by the way.  But the quote here (from David Geurin) symbolizes everything that we are currently working towards.  In the past technology drove the instruction, we could or could not reach students or learning objective based on the limitations…

Why Chromebooks?

The District in 2015 transitioned all email systems, file storage, calendar services, video conferencing services, classroom learning management systems to Google Apps for Education. With this transition more of more of the District’s educators are using Google Apps for Education products in their classrooms, ranging from Google Classroom to collaborative Google Docs. The past practice…

Common EdTech Definitions

Digital Learning – is any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience. Synchronous Online Learning – refers to a learning event in which a group of online students are engaging in learning at the same time. Asynchronous Online Learning – is a student-centered teaching method that uses online learning resources…

The Educational Purpose of Technology

Why Technology? In the 21st century, understanding and using technology will be an integral part of virtually every aspect of daily life. It is the school system’s responsibility to prepare students for this future. The classroom is the primary place where this preparation will occur; therefore, every classroom must be equipped with technology to support…

The Gears of Blended Learning

As we move into the world of One2One devices at Pickerington Local Schools, I am going to post a weekly update to the instructional vision of our One2One program. In Pickerington Local School District, we believe that the future of technology integration is through a blended learning model that would create an environment where students…